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    Hello my followers! How are you? I decided to share some culinary accomplishments of the past month. I try to experiment with cooking at least once per week. It helps my #MentalHealth and lets me take my mind to a positive place. Pictures of Scallops and noodles; baked beans and sausage, enchiladas with cheese and avocado salsa and a tuna bowl with albacore tuna, tomato, cucumber and cheese #nourishmentbistro #CheckInWithMe #CheerMeOn

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    Chocolate Meringue Cookies

    Sorry if they look like poop but I made these Chocolate Meringue cookies over the holidays and they were a hit. #nourishmentbistro #Anxiety #Depression #Autism #ADHD

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    Pattypan Squash Gratin

    My sister gave me a couple giant pattypan squash along with a large, beautiful golden yellow tomato. I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I looked on Pinterest (my go-to!) for some recipe ideas. I ended up loosely combining a few of them to make this dish.
    I started by making a sauce out of the tomato, a bit of tomato paste, italian herbs, and a pinch of smoked paprika. The tomato was naturally sweet and the sauce was so yummy that I just wanted to slurp it all up with a spoon before getting to the squash! The sauce would be improved further with the addition of onion and garlic, but I can't have it so I left it out.
    Next, I sliced my squash into 2 cm thick slices.
    I spread half of the sauce in the bottom of a pan, arranged the slices of squash vertically on top, and then poured the remainder of sauce over top, making sure to get it between the squash layers. I finished it off my sprinkling a bread crumb, lactose-free parmesan, oregano, and paprika mix over the top of the dish.
    Then I popped it on the oven at 350°F for about 45 minutes.
    I definitely burned my fingers picking pieces out to eat before it had cooled enough!


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    Describe your meal!

    Let's have some fun and describe a meal you have eaten using fancy food words 😊

    The image has a picture of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread. The text on the image says: "*Watches the food network once* 'I made a puréed nut spread w/ a grape relish reduction paired w/ a brioche bun'".

    #nourishmentbistro #DistractMe

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    Quick meal ideas

    The image says: "If you wait long enough to cook dinner, everyone will eat cereal. Follow me for more recipes."

    Do you have any go-to quick recipes for those nights when you just can't cope?

    Here are a few things I have relied on:
    1. Vegetarian Chili: Dump a can of beans, a can of tomatoes, a small can of corn, some chili or taco seasoning, and salt and pepper into a pot and heat through. Serve as is or with toppings like sour cream, cheese, green onions, and tortilla chips.
    2. Scrambled eggs and toast: this is a go to for me if I am specifically needing some fast protein. If I feel up to it, I add some spinach or herbs to the eggs. I might have an orange as "dessert" to balance out the food groups.
    3. Instant noodles with add ins: I will prepare the noodles according to the instructions and then add whatever I have in the fridge - spinach, cilantro/coriander, tomato, cucumber, zucchini, etc. Then I fry an egg to serve on top. If I feel extra fancy, I'll also sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on it.
    4. Yogurt with chia, ground flax, hemp, fruit, and granola: this is fairly self- explanatory, but I usually let it sit for ten minutes so the chia and flax can absorb the liquid. You can use canned fruit, fresh fruit, frozen fruit, or even jam. I only buy plain yogurt, so the fruit is an important addition for me, but if you have flavoured yogurt, you could skip that step.

    #nourishmentbistro #Quick #meals #Timesaving

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    Coffee (with an affirmation)

    Found this mug on Etsy a few months ago. It’s the only mug I ever use for tea, hot chocolate, or coffee. This morning it’s coffee with liquid Splenda and almond milk creamer. It’s my go-to drink and it doesn’t matter if I’m angry or in a neutral mood. Wondering if anyone feels the same way. #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Aspergers #nourishmentbistro

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    English Muffin Pizza

    It’s been one of those days for me so I felt like making something from my childhood. #nourishmentbistro #Anxiety #Depression #Grief

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    Banana Bread

    Just used a simple mix and added two overripe bananas, an egg and 1/3 cup of water. Cook for 45 minutes in 350 Fahrenheit oven and serve. You can also add walnuts for extra crunch.
    #nourishmentbistro #MentalHealth #Autism #Anxiety # Depression

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    My Tiny Kitchen #nourishmentbistro #Cleaning #Anxiety #DistractMe

    I have been very ill of late, and not eating healthfully on top of it. My kitchen became, in a word, filthy, and I was deeply discouraged to even step into the space. Dirty dishes stacked in every empty space, my precious new blender used twice & left uncleaned, food & spices and spills everywhere.

    Yesterday I had the energy to remedy all of that.
    I washed the dishes.
    Washed my blender.
    Sanitized my counters.
    Mopped my floor.
    And put everything in its proper place.

    And I know I need to do this daily so I can keep this vital space in my home functioning.
    Because for me, Food is Medicine. I can't heal (or at least have less pain or feel good) if I can't access my blender, or the healthy ingredients I have for recipes that are stocked in my cabinets, fridge, and freezer.

    I also need to work through my growing fear of going to the grocery store with my therapist. More often than not, I will make plans to shop, then cancel them.
    If I don't regularly shop for fresh produce, or spices, or whatever I need for my staples and new recipes, I am sabotaging my health.

    Here's to a New Beginning!😀

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    Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

    Super easy and satisfying. Add to cooked instant oats and enjoy
    #nourishmentbistro #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Autism